Tuesday, 22 January 2013

NCTJ Entrance Exam and City Brighton College Interview!

I thought I'd just do a little (I hope!) post on my interview and NCTJ exam, as I only found out about it all through another persons blog, so I thought I'd chuck in my own experience of it! 
So yesterday I had my interview and exam for a journalism course in Brighton. It was a little difficult to get down there because of the snow, but, luckily, there were coaches running to replace the cancelled trains. As usual I was way to early, I thought it would get lost looking for it but it was quite easy to find it! Just follow all the students! haha. I was then told to wait in the foyer until the tutors came and collect us. Whilst I was waiting all the other students turned up and a really nice lady, called Lucy, started chatting to me about why she's here and what she's brought in her portfolio, which helped calm my nerves a bit becuase she was in the same position as me. My portfolio isn't amazing, only a few clippings of bits I've done of the school magazine and then evidence of my other interests, such as this blog and collages that I like making. But there was definitely enough for me to talk about so there wasn't any awkward silences! The tutors first went through an introduction in the course then we sat the NCTJ exam. It's split into three parts:

  1. Grammar and Punctuation
  2. News Telling
  3. Current Affairs
The first section was quite easy and I actually enjoyed doing it. The second section was a load of quotes about an exploding can of sausages..... and you had to make it into a 200 word article! I tried to make it light-hearted and funny, hopefully that came across! The current affairs was the trickiest bit, questions that spanned over 2 years which range from politics, economics, sport (blergh!) and gossip. I think I've definitely got at least half of them right, so it's not a bad start! There were also a few maths questions which threw me off a bit, like percentage change and working out the differences, which bearing in mind that I haven't done maths for about two years now, I think I scrapped through! 

After all of that it was finally the interview! I had the same tutor who I met on the open evening so it was nice to have someone familiar. He asked a few scary questions which I had to think of on the spot but I hope I came through on the other side! haha. I showed him my portfolio which was helpful as I could show him what I can do and it kept my hands busy! 

I really do hope I manage to get a place, as it's an ideal place to study and the course looks like just what I'm looking for! I'll hear back from them in about two weeks, so fingers crossed everyone!

Have a good week guys!

Rhiannon xxx
P.S A pretty picture on my way home yesterday across the snow hills in West Sussex


  1. It sounds like it went really well (and well done you for getting down there in the snow, a lot of people might cancel which obviously doesn't look good) I have my fingers crossed for you. Keep us all updated :)

    Janine xx

  2. Sounds like it went well, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you! Sounds really exciting, I wish I could have done a journalism thing xxx

    1. Thank you! It does sound so exciting, hard but exciting! xxx


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